Guest Post at Lori King's place
I'm over at Lori King's blog talking about my secrets for writing realistic heroes. Stop by and let me know what you think, and how you think a real man sound.
Throwing in the Nanowrimo towel
I officially threw in the Nanowrimo towel a few days ago. It was a long shot from the very start of the month, but the final nail in the coffin was the cold I picked up at our family Thanksgiving. Further proof that little brothers can drive you crazy no matter how old you are.
Through I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to complete the challenge, when I look back on what I have accomplished I’m pretty excited.
I managed to complete the hardest edits of my writing career, Wandering off the Path, the first in my new bound by fairytale series. I released Foolish Desire, the fourth book in my naughty holiday list series, and promoted it to a successful first month (even landing on the best sellers list for a little while).
Writing wise I wrote over 20k on Dirty Work, the next and final installment in the naughty holiday list series, and another 3k on Regan and the three bears (working title), a future installment in my bound by fairytales series.
All in all it’s not a bad month’s worth of work. And I do have Nanowrimo to thank for it. If it weren’t for Nano I certainly wouldn’t have written as much as I did. Between the edits, promotion for Foolish Desire, and some evil day job issues, I probably wouldn’t have written much. Due to pushing myself towards that Nanowrimo goal, I’m now about two thirds of the way through
Dirty work, and I’m that much closer to having another release heading towards the door.
So even though I didn’t make my Nanowrimo goal, I’m still going to consider it a successful month. I’m hoping to put in a few more thousand words before the end of the month, the best I can with this nasty bug. Thankful for another year of Nanowrimo.
I'm the feature author over at Deep in the Heart of Romance. Stop by to read an interview about me.
Stop by toind out more about what inspired Foolish Desire, and the whole Naughty Holiday List series, as well as some of my favorite things.
New Cover Prettiness
I've already received the cover art for Wandering Off the Path, even though its not going to be out until February.
I have to say, I love it. It perfectly fits the story and I can't think of a sexier looking Wolf than this.
It certainly helped me get threw my edits to stare at this and keep remembering that some day it will be a complete book with this beautiful cover. And its really motivating me to write the next book in the series, so I can get another pretty cover like this. I'll take any motivation I can get these days, especially in the middle of Nano.
I'll give you a hint of what the next book will be. I imagine the cover will be rather golden :D Looks like Regan's going to be peeking out, or busting in as is her habi
I've been interviewed by Jan Bowles, another fantastic Siren Author, over at her blog. Stop on by to see which character I would most want to trade places with and who I'd most like to have dinner with, and a few more fur baby tails.
I love nanowrimo. I’ve participated every year since I learned about it. However I’ve only won twice, the second year I tried, but didn’t succeed. I was in the middle of editing my first release, and taking on a new overwhelming job, and I just couldn’t make it work.
Unfortunately, this year is already shaping up to
be like 2010. My job will be busy, I have my first round of edits do to my
publisher on the 5th (and I’m sure two more round will follow through November) and because of the busy October I had (getting both Birthday List and What Happens in the Booth published) I didn’t even get done most of my errands in October, like I normally do to prepare for nano.
But I can’t not try. Especially now, when I need as many releases out as I can get. So here’s a list of rules I came up with to hopefully set me up in a good place to win nanowrimo this year.
1. What has to be done is completed first. Between edits for my next release, and blogging to promote my current release, there are a lot of things that need to be done. Those have to happen first. Even if I’d rather be writing. I can survive without winning nano, but I don’t want to develop a reputation for not getting blogs in on time or not getting edits to my publishers.
2. Any words are good words. This year I’m not going to focus on getting one work done, but instead I’m focusing on getting any words I can. Unlike earlier nanos, I’m at a different point in my career now, where I’ve proven I can complete a work and getting more works in progress is more important than finishing one.
Works I might be working on this nano include-
· A ménage for the end of the world (already 30,000 plus into)
· Buying the boss - billionaire BDSM Auction story (already 1k into)
· Dirty Work - last in the naughty holiday list series
· Wolf Lake (last year’s nanowrimo novel that still hasn’t been finished)
· And anything else I come up with…
3. There can be no zero word days (a rule I’ve already broken once) even if I’m exhausted and don’t want to lift my fingers I at least have to set some time aside for writing. Even if I only get a hundred words. That’s a hundred words closer to winning.
4. Lunch is for writing. This time of year it gets crazy around work, as we try and close out the financial calendar. Though it shouldn’t be as bad for this year as it was in past years, but it can still be overwhelming. To make sure I still get some writing done, I’ll take my laptop to a quiet place and spend my whole lunch working on my writing (either writing or blogs or edits, whatever needs to be done).
5. On my days off, I’ll commit 8 hours to writing. This year I have four paid vacation days in the month of November. Each of those days I’ll commit 8 hours to writing, just like I did in last years, full time writing vacation.
If I can make these rules work, I just might be able to win this nano season.
I'm over at my friend Tina Donahue's blog talking about the trouble my characters cause, and particularly what they do that I have no interest in.
If you get a chance, please stop by. There's also a chance to win a prize, your choice from my back list, if you leave a comment. Hope to see you there.
Foolish Desire is NOW AVAILABLE
Today is release day for Foolish Desire. I'm so excited about this book. I really fell in love with these characters, but I know I say that every time. I learned a lot about writing and character from this book.
I hope you all love it too.
Blurb: Amy has never felt special. She’s shy, awkward and clumsy to boot. No one ever noticed her, especially not hunky guys like Will, except for maybe when she was tripping over her own feet. Until an April Fool’s prank goes too far, and
for the first time Amy is the center of Will’s interest, and she's rather liking the arrangement. But does he want all of her, or just the woman who likes getting naughty to an audience.
Will has always been a joke. And he never minded, playing the jester to a tee, until he met Amy. She’s far too sweet, too innocent, too serious, for a guy like him. But when his April Fool’s prank shows him a whole new side of Amy, he can’t pretend look away any longer. But can a fool like Will keep a girl like Amy? Or will he end up being the butt of his own joke?
As with all my release days I'm offering up a contest. Leave a comment below, about anything, and you'll be entered in to win a copy of Foolish Desire. Contest will end at 12am eastern time on Saturday November 3rd.
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